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From The Community

Unlocking Metrics: The Art of Accurate Metrics in Multi-Stage Processes

Engineers at Deutsche Telekom share an interesting approach to metrics collection for the lifecycle of a request. Feels like a more accurate representation of a request with the targeted nature of a metric and without the full weight of a trace.

Sofia’s Observability Odyssey: Bad Log Day

The next chapter in Sofia’s journey to observability enlightenment. This one resonates for me, at least in the sense of reducing logging bloat with more deliberate metrics instrumentation and collection.

A rabbit hole in monitoring

I really enjoyed reading this post and appreciate the author’s honesty, but imho this situation could’ve been easily avoided. I would also encourage them to be mindful of their next technology decision because it sounds like history might repeat itself.

o11y theory: instrumentation

Some thoughts on instrumentation, getting buy-in from your team, and an argument for auto-instrumentation with OpenTelemetry.

Getting started with Tetragon on GKE

A look at Tetragon, an observablity tool designed for the security domain. Interesting to see that it goes beyond basic introspection to full-on policy enforcement.

How to write a Postmortem

A framework for writing postmortems, with templates, some solid references, and sample incidents. Even if you already have a solid incident response program in place, you might pick up a few tips.

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How to use OpenTelemetry to expose custom Prometheus metrics from nodeJS applications

A concise guide for instrumenting your NodeJS apps with OpenTelemetry.

How We Manage Incidents at Datadog

Speaking of incident response, Datadog is happy to show you how they manage their own outages (with their product, of course). Snark aside, they have some pretty solid tools for IM and this walkthrough demonstrates how they all fit together.

Simplifying Kubernetes Logging with EFK Stack

An exhaustive guide for collecting and managing Kubernetes logs with Elasticsearch, Fluent bit, and Kibana.



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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor